Vandalia Police Officer Logan Benjamin was officially promoted to Corporal in the Patrol Division last Friday for the City of Vandalia’s Police Department.
Benjamin has also completed his field training officer certification, allowing him the ability to train new officers.
“Since taking over the police department, Officer Benjamin has proven to be an asset and a leader among the department and other officers and will continue to further his career with the training he has received,” said Vandalia Police Chief Christopher Hammann.
Corporal Benjamin is one of six full-time officers on staff as the department is now a full staff for the first time in approximately four years.
A detective position has also been added to work on cold cases dating back up to 10 years and specific investigations.
The department recently secured $2,100 in highway safety grants to help pay salaries at a higher rate and it helps with extra enforcement activities.
The dollar total does not include approximately $500 in grant money received in December 2016.
Currently, business checks have been implement, especially in the area of railroad park, with the help of the full-time staff.
A USDA grant has been submitted for a patrol vehicle (pick-up truck). Another USDA grant is being researched to help the city renovate the existing building, if the council decides to go in that direction.
Currently, the department has been cleaning the evidence vault with an emphasis on returning property back to owners as necessary and destroying some, by order of a judge, that is in the system.
As for other programs, Chief Hammann said he’s working on signing up to become a mentor in the Big Brother and Big Sister program.
The department has also received a plaque from the Department of Defense officially recognizing it for it’s participation in the Show-Me Heroes Program. This program encourages the hiring of veterans. Currently, five of the six full-time officers are veterans who are serving with the department.